Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC
Competition: English Super League
Date: Sunday 12th February 2017
Venue: The Beaumont Legal Stadium, Wakefield
Kickoff: 16:00 CET
2016 was a very strong year for Hull FC as they finished the preliminary rounds atop the league, registering 17 wins from their first 23 matches, only to fade to 3rd after the super 8 stages, losing a semi-final to Wigan. Wakefield also had a respectable season, as they managed 10 wins, in the logjam of mediocre teams and eventually finished 8th.
Hull had a relatively quiet offseason, adding just 4 new bodies to the already very strong squad, with the most prominent being Albert Kelly, who excelled in a short stint at the Gold Coast early in his career. Wakefield conversely had a large turnover of players, and managed to acquire Mitch Allgood, formerly of Parramatta and Sam Williams who was blocked for opportunities at Canberra in his early career. They also added experienced Englishmen Huby and Grix to add to their depth, leaving their fans hopeful of another top 8 performance this year. For Hull fans, the bar is set higher though, with nothing less than a semi-final result appeasing them.
Cold conditions look set to continue for this clash in Wakefield, thus a defence orientated match may again be on the cards, with Hull have a clear advantage on paper in the two packs.
Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC: Head to Head Stats
Hull have won the last 4 matches in this tie, with some rather large scores at times also, though the most recent match, last September was decided by just 6 points. It is certainly not all gloom and doom for Wakefield as they did register 2 wins against Hull in 2015, including a 46-10 hiding back in January.
Hull now boasts arguably the most formidable back-row in the contest, which has changed since the last time they lost to Wakefield, with additions such as Sika Manu and Mark Minichello. Wakefield had a poor end to 2016, losing their 6 straight, so confidence may be a little low, despite a strong recruitment drive in the offseason.
Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC: Prediciton
Hull FC are deserved favourites for this clash, and ought to record a fairly comfortable victory, to start their season off in a strong manner. The forwards will set a very strong platform for Hull and at least on paper, clearly overpower the younger less experienced pack from Wakefield.
The Hull outside backs are also a little more experienced with proven finishers such as Talanoa, Fonua and Michaels all featuring heavily. Wakefield could cause a boilover upset, but it would surely be the biggest surprise of the weekend, given Hull FC’s form last year and the roster building efforts during the offseason.
Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC: Tips
- Hull to win by 12-14.
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